“My performance and embodied interests lie in the physical effort of moving, the hardness of it, and the sensations (and thoughts) inside the body and mind. These are catalysts for my move-making. I’m also engaged with intimacy: humanness of audience/performer gaze, the energy, and community created through respecting and witnessing the parallels of each other’s experiences.  Uncomfortable postures and contradicting gestures populate my choreography in the hopes of giving physical cues to the bodies of the viewers. Endurance, upside-down, and falling surround my thoughts about athleticism. In my choreography and classes, I revel in the expansiveness of core-distal relationships that can affect the stability of the pelvis and then break the tension with gestures and postures.”

“I get excited about the aesthetics of objects and how they affect space. Dancers, screens, bags of topsoil, 60-foot strings of elastic, VR-headsets, inanimate or animate; I’m interested in shaping the space by moving what’s in it. Textures, depth, and the malleability of objects displace space and inform the space between. When combining a human body and inanimate objects I’m interested in the contrast that informs similarities. The expression of a human face, the personality and human imperfection that makes this moment unique. To highlight the contrasts between the ephemerality of moving space between bodies and objects, I often create improvisational and choreographic algorithms and/or tasks that keep the environment generative and allow humanness of the performer’s choices to come ot the surface during performance.”

About Tara – Tara Lee Burns is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreography, and educator currently pursuing an MFA in dance at The Ohio State University. Believing confidence and affirmations are at the heart of movement practice, she strives to foster vulnerability, honesty, and humanness in problem-solving and artistic choice. Her work has been shown at Paul Melon Arts Center (CT), Greenspace’s Take Root Series (NYC), Red Bean Studio (NYC), RAW Material (NYC), City Arts Factory (FL), Valencia Community College (FL), University of Florida, Orlando International Fringe Festival (FL), Winter Garden Theater (FL) HATCH NYC, Educational Center for the Arts (CT), on the sides of buildings and computer screens and smart phones. Her current research investigates the intersection of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies with contemporary dance to create mixed spaces of digital and analog performativity and embodiment and answer questions such as, Can VR and AR technologies be successfully used beyond the single user experience in a performative environment? Tara toured nationally with Adele Myers and Dancers for over 10 years while living in NYC and Connecticut. She has worked with Alexandra Beller, Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Marjani Forté, Andrea Hanggi, Béatrice Kombe, Kellie Lynch, Mai-Thu Perret, Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Kathinka Walter, Robert Wechsler, Frieder Weiss and others. She received an MA in Digital performance from The University of Hull in the UK and a BFA Summa Cum Laude in Dance from The University of Florida.